Odds of winning the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday night were 1 in 292,200,000. But two Powerball tickets sold in California and Wisconsin won the $ 632.6 million, the 7th largest jackpot in Powerball history.
Winners will either split the $ 632.6 million jackpot, according to the lottery’s website, or have the option of $ 450.2 million in cash.
The jackpot winning numbers for January 5 were 6, 14, 25, 33, 46 and the Powerball was 17. The powerplay multiplier was 2.
In addition to the two jackpot winners, 14 other tickets won prizes of one million dollars by matching the five white balls. Two tickets sold in Florida and Georgia had the Powerplay to win $ 2 million each.
Meanwhile, the winning $ 1 million tickets were sold in: Arizona, California, Florida (3), Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York (2) and Texas.
The jackpot will now be reset to $ 20 million for Saturday’s drawing.
The Powerball had not been won since a lottery player in California won the $ 699.8 million jackpot in October. There have been 39 consecutive drawings with no jackpot being won.
If you weren’t a winner on Wednesday night, better luck next time. But with such odds slim, there are many things that are more likely to happen to you than winning the lottery. Here are a few:
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Find a pearl in an oyster shell
Have you ever dreamed of peeling oysters and finding a pearl in the shell? Your chances are highly unlikely, but you still have a better chance of finding a pearl than of instantly making millions. In fact, a probability of 1 in 12,000, according to Spey, a high-end jewelry company.
Find a four leaf clover
If you search hard enough, you might find a four-leaf clover to perhaps secure yourself some luck to win the jackpot. John Frett, professor of landscape horticulture and director of the University of Delaware Botanical Garden, said there is a Odds of 1 in 10,000 to find a four leaf clover. However, there is no guarantee that they will help with future lottery winnings.
Being struck by lightning
Often times when someone talks about winning a lottery jackpot, someone jokes that they are more likely to be struck by lightning than to win all that money. They are not wrong. According to the National Metereological Service, If someone lives to be 80, their chance of being struck by lightning is 1 in 15,300.
A hole in one or two
Good news, golfers. An average player is (much) more likely to hit an ace than to win a lottery jackpot. The National Hole-in-One Registry set your odds at 12,000 to 1.
In fact, your odds of hitting two holes in one in the same round (67 million to 1) are still better than those of winning the jackpot.
Having Siamese twins
A woman is more likely to have Siamese twins than she is to win the Powerball jackpot. Conjoined twins represent approximately one in each 50,000 to 60,000 births, according to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Death by vending machine
One day you’re trying to get a bag of potato chips from the vending machine and the next thing you know, the lights go out. According to Amram Shapiro, author of “The Book of Odds,” people have a 1 in 112 million chance of dying in an incident involving a vending machine.
An asteroid hitting Earth
The idea of an asteroid hitting Earth is scary enough, but the fact that an asteroid is more likely to die than winning the lottery is terrifying. According to the National Safety Council, a person in the United States has a 1 in 75,000 chance of dying in a global impact asteroid impact.
Contributing: Kaitlyn Kanzler and John Connolly, NorthJersey.com
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